It’s no question that as a piece of software gains popularity it also gains interest from those who would want to exploit it for their own gain. Most of us know this intimately if we’ve spent any time in the Windows environment as the security industry for malware and attacks on Windows-based PCs is huge!
WordPress is only growing, now powering more than 17% of the top 1MM sites in the world – this makes it a prime target for hackers and malicious evildoers.
An infographic via Page.ly shows some of this data cleverly:
Some interesting things of note and reminders:
- There are approximately 58MM+ WordPress sites “in the wild.”
- Your environment matters – the system and server your website resides on may be configured incorrectly and not following best practices for limiting access, client separation, or blocking nefarious requests.
- The attacker can go through administration access too so there is no need to “hack” the system. Make sure you have the best password possible and change them regularly.
- Having an outdated version of PHP, WordPress, or Themes and Plugins can often times be a major factor. Stay up to date and vet those plugins!
- Make sure you have a backup, like VaultPress!
Pass it on – don’t waste time recovering from a hacked site and instead keep creating awesome content!